Chris Thornborrow

Chris Thornborrow is a multi-faceted composer of film-score, opera, and concert music. Described as “complex and clear, with subtle playfulness” (Margaret Lam, Musical Toronto), and “a percussive, evocative pleasure” (Jessica Kiang, Indiewire), Chris’s music is inspired by the necessity of collaboration, the relationship between man-made and natural spaces, and paradoxes that arise from dream-logic, imagination, and the creative process.

Recognition for his work includes multiple SOCAN awards for Audio/Visual Composers, the Toronto Emerging Composers Award Honourable Mention, The Waterloo Emerging Composers Competition Honourable Mention, a Dora Award Nomination, and the Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music. He has been commissioned by the Thin Edge New Music Collective, junctQín keyboard collective, Musica Reflecta, ArrayEnsemble, Ensemble Paramirabo, The Bicycle Opera Project, and Tapestry Opera.

The short films he has scored have screemed at acclaimed festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, and Vancouver International Film Festival, and Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. In collaboration with the band Bruce Peninsula, Chris created the score to Andrew Cividino’s film Sleeping Giant, which premiered at Cannes Semaine de la Critique, and one Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. Chris also led a team of composers to create the music and sound fo Brantwood (Sheridan College), the largest site-specific musical-theatre performance in Canadian History and winner of the 2015 Dora Audience Choice Award.